In 2009, Lightning Tools decided to take one of its best-selling products, a desktop application, and put it
into the browser as an application page in SharePoint—which turned out to be quite a challenge. When
we were looking at technologies to use, jQuery stood out as something that could be really helpful.
We spent a lot of time trying to understand how to make SharePoint and jQuery work together
initially, and then we started to learn what jQuery actually could do. Finding the information we needed
was often a struggle (not as many blogs on the topic were available at the time), but ultimately we
successfully created our product.
I learned so much about jQuery that I jumped at the chance to talk about SharePoint and jQuery
when the opportunity arose to speak about them at SPTechCon. I knew that so many people have
needed, and will continue to need, to create a client-side solution in SharePoint using jQuery, and I
wanted to share the benefit of my experience. In my talk I tried to communicate where to start and how
to explore what SharePoint with jQuery can do—and the feedback from the full room at SPTechCon was
When I was approached by Jonathan Hassell to write this book at SPTechCon in Boston in 2011, I
leapt at the chance. I wanted to write the book that I really could have used when I first started. I hope
your experience with this book is like learning to ride a bike: taking you from your first time in the seat
and getting acquainted with the controls to doing a lap around the neighborhood without training